Opening on 27 May 2016, Above and Beyond was created in collaboration with NASA, and is the most interactive exhibition on aerospace ever to tour. To celebrate the opening of this fascinating new exhibition, the Museum is hosting a programme of talks, family-friendly events, planetarium shows and film screenings that will focus on the themes of exploration, discovery and the future of space travel.

May–August 2016

Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing, Above and Beyond is a ground-breaking new exhibition about the wonders of flight and mankind’s remarkable journey to space.

Above and Beyond Event Programme

Special Events: Spaceships Above and Beyond

Inspired by Above and Beyond, join us for a panel discussion in which the realities of current space exploration technology collide with intriguing ideas from the world of science fiction.

Learn how some of those ideas could shape future voyages in our solar system and beyond. To inspire discussion, the evening will begin with some SCI-FI-LONDON short film screenings.

Planetarium Show – Asteroid: Mission Extreme

Join Alien and Ghostbusters actress Sigourney Weaver on an epic journey to discover how asteroids present both a danger to life on Earth and an opportunity for future space exploration.

The challenges of a mission to an asteroid are enormous, but could enable us to protect our planet and inhabit others. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and how such an adventure could benefit humankind.

Star Trek Reality Check

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the airing of the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. To kick off the celebrations, join us as we look back at the fantastical technology, big and small, brought to screens over decades.

Explore which Star Trek concepts became a reality, and how some of the more extreme ideas may be part of new frontiers in spaceflight.

Sci-Fi Film Screenings

Moon (2009)

Directed by Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie, this film follows lone astronaut miner Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell). Sam is reaching the end of his contract on the Moon, with only his computer GERTY (Kevin Spacey) for company. Contracted to send vital resources back to Earth, he has an accident that sets off a chain of events turning his world upside down.

Following the movie there will be a talk from one of our astronomers on the science behind the film. Popcorn, confectionery, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the Planetarium foyer before the event.

Gravity (2013)

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, two astronauts are left stranded in space by devastation wreaked on their space shuttle by debris.

Startling views of our blue planet are of little comfort, as the pair must use their knowledge and ingenuity to find a way home before their oxygen supply runs out.

Following the movie there will be a talk from one of our astronomers on the science behind the film. Popcorn, confectionery, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in the Planetarium foyer before the event.

Half-Term Events

Half-term at the National Maritime Museum

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Above and Beyond, learn about space, ships and spaceships in these workshops to build amazing top-secret flying, floating, and sinking machines.

Out of this World: Mission to Mars

We will be exploring the amazing planet Mars this summer half-term.

Find out about Mars in the Planetarium and discover past, present and future missions to the Red Planet. Explore the planet in our interactive science quiz; make a model Mars Rover to take home; and find out how to spot the planet in the sky.

Why not head down to Above and Beyond after the event and learn how your body would cope on a mission to Mars in the Marathon to Mars interactive?

Summer Holiday Events

Polar Voyage!

Follow in the snowy footsteps of arctic explorers as you head to the North Pole. Whilst you’re there, discover Inuit myths and legends and create your own Inuit launcher.

Date: 25 July–5 August 2016 | Time: Throughout the day | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free | Age: Suitable for all ages

American Encounter!

Travel across the sea and back in time to when Europeans and Native Americans first met. Take part in performances, and make gliding birds from Native American myth and legend.

Date: 8–19 August 2016 | Time: Throughout the day | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free | Age: Suitable for all ages

Pacific Quest!

Fly to the beautiful Pacific islands and hear about the stories and traditions of the people that live there. Learn about their death-defying journeys across the seas and build a flyable Māori kite.

Date: 22 August–2 September 2016 | Time: Throughout the day | Venue: National Maritime Museum | Admission: Free | Age: Suitable for all ages

Above and Beyond exhibition information for visitors

Venue: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich | Dates: 27 May–29 August 2016 | Opening times: daily, 10.00–17.00 | Visitor enquiries: 020 8312 6565 / www.rmg.co.uk | Admission: Adult £9, Child £6.

General Information

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Queen’s House and Cutty Sark operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich. In preparation for the 400th anniversary in 2016 of its commissioning and design, the Queen’s House will be closed for refurbishment until Summer 2016.

The National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark are open daily 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.30). Cutty Sark’s opening times may be subject to change, please see website for details. General admission to National Maritime Museum is free.

All events included here are free of charge to all visitors unless stated. Admission prices for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Peter Harrison Planetarium and Cutty Sark, as well as Museum special exhibitions can be found online.

The Museum is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For updated information prior to visit please visit our web site or phone 020 8858 4422.

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For further information or images please contact: Emma Gough, Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office Tel: 020 8312 6789 | 07960 509802 or Email: egough@rmg.co.uk